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October 14, 1977
German, Arab Spokesman Attack
Holocaust Studies in NY Schools
No Conditions Are Attached
to U.S.-Israel Geneva. Pact
JERUSALEM (JTA)—An important but so far unilateral step by Israel
toward reconvening the Geneva Conference was taken Tuesday night- when
the Cabinet unanimously approved the workirig paper on procedures
drafted last week by Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and U.S. Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance in New York. The Cabinet's endorsement, without qual-
ifications or amendments. after a five-hour special session that ended at
midnight. was apparently in compliance with American urgings that Israel
attach no conditions that would make it more difficult for the U.S. to
"sell" the working paper to the Arabs.
The contents of the working paper were not divulged. Vance will now
bring it before the Arab governments for their decision. Officials in Israel
expect further diplomatic contacts during the coming weeks before actual
preparations to resume the Geneva Conference can be made.
Only hours before the Cabinet convened. it was disclosed that Premier
Menahem Begin had received a personal message from President Carter
urging that his government approve the document. Officials said the mes-
sage was written in a friendly style and contained no hints that pressure
might be applied if the Cabinet rejected the draft.
The State Department issued a statement in Washington Tuesday night
that said, "We welcome the decision announced by the Israeli Cabinet
accepting the working paper. We will now be in touch with the Arab gov-
ernments concerned." The statement added, "We believe the Israeli gov-
ernment decision is a further step toward working out practical pro-
cedures for convening the Geneva Conference by the end of this year."
However, the State Department cautioned, "What has been accepted is
still a working paper which may require further negotiations after the
Arab governments have given their views on it."
The Cabinet had been expected to approve the paper but to spell out that
its approval was conditional upon acceptance of Israel's refusal to nego-
tiate with the PLO, refusal to negotiate a Palestinian state on the West
Bank and refusal to accept the U.S.-Soviet joint declaration cif Oct. 1 as
any sort of basis for the Geneva talks. Such conditions were not attached.
Cabinet Secretary Arye Naor. briefing newsmen after the meeting.
stressed that the decision "speaks for itself" and that "no appendices or
stipulations" had been added.
The absence of conditions led some observers to deduce that the Carter
Administration had urged Israel very strongly to give its approval unbur-
dened by any qualifications that would impair chances of Arab accept-
ance. According to political correspondent Yosef Harif. writing in Maariv.
Begin himself had tried to get the text amended as late as last Saturday
because he was unhappy with a clause which permits Egypt to participate
in negotiations over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
During the course of the Cabinet session. the longest ever held by the
Begin government. some ministers are understood to have expressed
doubts about the paper. But Begin and Dayan eventually prevailed upon
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NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City Board of Education officials say they have no intention of agreeing
to demands from German-American and Arab-American spokesmen for withdrawal of plans for an
experimental curriculum on the Holocaust which may lead to mandatory courses in the city's high
schools next year.
The board introduced a curriculum guide on the Holocaust as a case study of genocide and held a
three-hour meeting at its headquarters in Brooklyn for reactions to elements of the curriculum.
Dropping of the proposed course was demanded by George Pape, - president of the German-
American Committee of Greater New York, described as a cultural organization; and by M. T.
Mehdi, president of the American-Arab Relations Committee, who called the experiment "an
attempt by the Zionists to use the city educational system for their evil. propaganda purposes." A
similar course introduced recently in Philadelphia was criticized by the German-American Com-
mittee of Greater Philadelphia on grounds it stressed Nazi atrocities while avoiding other examples
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive director of - the Jewish Community Relations Committee of Greater New
York, said Pape's "revisionist approach" to history — only underscores the urgent need for Holocaust
- education in our schools," a reference to a reported statement by Pape that there was "no real proof"
the Holocaust ever happened.
School board chancellor, Irving Anker, responding to Pape's reported demand that the school board
either drop the Holocaust project or add to it the study of slavery and other genocidal acts, said he
was "shocked" that anyone would object to the plan to expand the study of the Holocaust in the city's
public schools, which is now being. taught in some schools at the initiative of particular teachers.
Anker, said there is now an extensive study of Black slavery in America in the city school program.
A board spokesman said the two-volume experimental curriculum was developed to help teachers
at the city's more than 250 inter-
mediate, junior and senior high
schools develop units--of study, as
well as mini-courses and some elec-
tives so that students could learn
about the Holocaust and the ramifica-
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Uneasiness is growing in Israel
tions of that event.
that Premier Menahem Begin, hospitalized three times
Stephen R. Aiello, Board of Educa-
since April for heart ailments. may be too ill to discharge
tion president, said the project and
the duties of his office and that his physical condition could
the board decision to test it on an
affect his political judgement. Such speculation was heigh-
experimental basis during the 1977-78
tened Tuesday when Begin,
school year originated with Dr. Sey-
looking pale and weak. was
mour Lachman, the former board
discharged from Ichilnv
Hospital in Tel Aviv.
The curriculum was prepared by
He was admitted to the
the board's division of educational
hospital 12 days earlier suf-
planning and support, which is
fering from fatigue brought
.headed by Dr. Arnold Webb, its exec-
about by overwork. the offi-
cial bulletins said. But his
The foreviard to the curriculum
doctors disclosed several
said, "The history of mankind
days later that Begin was
includes several major episodes of
being treated for per-
human tragedy: the religious per-
icarditis. an inflammation
secution of early Christians in the
of the membrane enclosing
Israelis Are Worried
About Begin's Health
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lir ally Shows Dulzin Should Win Zionist Vote Cease-Fire Being Used
JERUSALEM (ZINS)—Political experts say that even if Labor succeeds in contesting
for the position of head of the Zionist movement, its cause will be hopeless. They point out
that because of their losses in the May Knesset elections the Labor Party can only count
on coming to the World Zionist Congress in February with 146 delegates that would be
expected to vote for their candidate.
That delegation would consist of 121 representing the Labor Party, 27 from Mapam, 2
from the Independent Liberals, 2 from Sheli, and 2 from Shulamit Aloni's list. Leon Dul-
zin, on the other hand, is already guaranteed to have 237 delegates ready to vote for him-
(90 from the World Union of General Zionists, 56 from Herut, 87 from the Mizrachi Hap-
oel-Hamizrachi, and 4 from Shlomzion ).
According to a report in Ma'ariv, the executive director of the Confederation of United
Zionists, Kalman Sultanik, has said that his group will vote for Dulzin, Sultanik explained
that his delegation always voted for the candidate put up by the government.
The position of Prof. Yigael Yadin's Democratic Movement for Change is not known.
but he will be entitled to 27 delegates at the Congress. The total number of delegates
expected is 559.
For Terrorist Build-Up
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Major Sa'ad Haddad, commander of
Christian forces in southern Lebanon. has warned that the
Palestinian terrorists are using the cease-fire to improve
their positions. "It is clear to me they are preparing an
attack on us," he told journalists who were guests at his
command post in Marjayoun village north of Metullah.
He said he would ask Israel to warn the Palestinians
against violating the cease-fire. "If these (violations) con-
tinue, I intend to use force against the Palestinians." Had-
dad said. (There were reports of artillery exchanges in the
region on Monday and Tuesday. and 500 Lebanese Chris-
tians demonstrated at the "Good Fence" near Metullah on
Wednesday. demanding Israeli artillery support.)
He charged that the Palestinians were sending heavy
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